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Life or Limb

jeopardy double

The phrase within the FIFTH AMENDMENT to the U.S. Constitution, commonly known as the DOUBLE JEOPARDY Clause, that provides, "nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb," pursuant to which there can be no second prosecution after a first trial for the same offense.

The words life or limb are not interpreted strictly; they apply to any criminal penalty.

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Double Jeopardy.

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